Here at The Event Team DMC, we’ve dubbed this year “Sweet 2016.” Don’t get us wrong, we believe in healthy living and resolutions and all that new-year-new-you stuff, but we also believe in cheat days and the happiness-inducing thrill of a good old-fashioned sugar buzz. That said, we are on the hunt for the most unique, creative, and delicious desserts Southern California has to offer. Not only do we plan on indulging for ourselves, we also resolve to share our findings with you. We sent The Event Team’s savviest investigators John-Carlo (Los Angeles DMC office) and Taryn (San Diego DMC office) on the hunt for SoCal’s sweetest sweet spots. Here are their findings, just in time for the Valentine’s holiday.
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams:
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams opened its doors in Santa Barbara, California in 1949. Over half a century later, their methods have stayed the same: use only the highest quality ingredients and produce in small batches. The outcome is one creamy, balanced, and scrumptious scoop of ice cream. In addition to their two scoop shops in Santa Barbara and LA, McConnell’s can also be found in a number of grocery stores and markets by clicking here. 728 State Street Santa Barbara, CA –http://www.mcconnells.com/
You don’t have to fly to Paris to get a top-notch French pastry, with Renaud Gonthier, (Executive Pastry Chef) bringing authentic French baked goods and over two decades of culinary experience to Santa Barbara. Look for their almond croissant, a local favorite, consisting of a butter croissant filled with almond cream and topped with toasted sliced almonds and sweet icing. Not a fan of almonds on your sweets? Check out the other artisan-crafted pastries such as their raspberry fruit tarts or Chocolate Vanilla Duo cake. 1324 State St. Suite N Santa Barbara, CA – http://www.renaudsbakery.com/
Since its humble beginnings on the on a discreet street corner in the middle of NYC’s West Village, Magnolia Bakery has held the torch for classic American baked goods all over the world, with openings ranging from Tokyo to Moscow and everywhere in between. With over 150 different, delectable, and handmade treats on their menu, it’s easy to see why this bakery has been featured on Sex and the City, Saturday Night Live, and The Devil Wears Prada, to name a few. Don’t have a Magnolia Bakery in town? Fret not, there is an online store that will ship your baked goods to any corner of the USA. 8389 West 3rd Street at Orlando St. Los Angeles, CA – http://www.magnoliabakery.com/
Not only does MILK offer some of the tastiest ice cream in the city, they put it in between two macaroons to make the best ice cream sandwich around. The macaroon ice cream sandwich is the star of this sweet shop, but don’t let that limit you from trying some of their other sugary concoctions, such as the Blue Velvet Cake (yes blue!), Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies, and The MILKIE Way Malt. 7290 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA – http://www.themilkshop.com/
Ice Cream? Malts? Donuts? Try all of the above. Great Shakes is locally owned and family operated on the Palms Springs strip. Great Shakes serves up gourmet shakes, malts, and floats with premium ice cream and fresh ingredients. Top that off with house-made fudge, caramel, butterscotch, whipped cream, marshmallows and a mini donut treat to adorn your straw. The whimsical shop is sure to bring a smile to your face and a craving to your belly. 160 S Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA 92262 – http://greatshakesps.com
Over the Rainbow Cupcakes & Desserts:
Voted Best Bakery in Palm Springs, and Best Cupcakes in Southern California this is a definite must-stop on any Palm Springs trip. The desserts and cupcakes are baked fresh daily from scratch. Want to buy a sweet for your gluten free sweetie? Over the Rainbow’s menu accommodates anyone gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, Paleo and vegan. So get your sweet on! We recommend their original Chocolate Covered Potato Chip and You Filthy Animal cupcakes – OREO buttercream, cocoa coconut, and a chocolate drizzle! 1775 E Palm Canyon Road Suite 150 Palm Springs, CA 92264 – http://www.romanblas.com/
The Dessert Lab: With a name like The Dessert Lab you hope it’s as exciting as it sounds! The Dessert Lab originally started off as a cheesecake catering company. Today, they craft over 30 flavors of cheesecake in over 5 sizes, a variety of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, European desserts, and much more. The head chef, originally a software engineer for 30 years, brings a unique blend of technical know-how and passion for baking to the experimental table that is The Dessert Lab. 4221 MacArthur Blvd, Suite B4, Newport Beach, CA 92660 – https://www.dessertlaboc.com/home
Blackmarket Bakery: Check out this retro-style bakery whose name came about from World War II black market products essential to making baking magic: butter, flour, eggs, and sugar. Chef Rachel’s Southern inspired roots mixed with whole-foods baking create a tantalizing menu. Local favorites include the Black Widow tarts and Black-Bottom Crème Brulee which include dark chocolate ganache, caramelized vanilla custard, sponge cake and sea salt caramel. Check out an upcoming baking class or order ahead for a sweet delivery. 2937 Bristol St. Suite D 100A Costa Mesa, CA 92626 – http://blackmarketbakery.com/
The Cravory: This bakery is serving up much more than the chocolate chip cookie. The Cravory is taking over San Diego with its uniquely inspired flavors. Sweet and savory cravers alike can indulge in flavors such as Pancakes and Bacon to Rosemary Balsamic. The Cravory boasts a “flavor of the month” subscription for the ultimate cookie lover which allows you to experience six different exciting flavors each month. This month’s special selection includes Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Passionately Truffled, and Peanut Butter IPA. 3960 W Point Loma Blvd. Suite G San Diego, CA 92110 – www.thecravory.com
Extraordinary Desserts: Celebrated pastry chef and author Karen Krasne’s Extraordinary Desserts is a full-on dessert lover’s experience. Winner of numerous accolades on the Food Network & San Diego Magazine, this San Diego native is making mouths water in Balboa Park and Little Italy with her homemade tortes, crème brulees, cupcakes, cobblers, bread puddings and more. Though the menu updates daily there is no doubt something new will catch your attention and win over your sweet tooth. 2929 5th Ave. San Diego, CA 92103 and 1430 Union St. San Diego, CA 92101 – http://extraordinarydesserts.com/
Need More Info?
If you have a corporate group coming to Southern California and would like more information on providing delicious and creative treats for your guests, don’t hesitate to contact us today! The Event Team offers an assortment of edible options for welcome amenities, VIP gifts, and/or interactive dessert stations that are sure to make your next corporate event that much sweeter!